Friday, 19 October 2018

Design flaw

If I have to adapt the hinges of a toilet with lolly sticks and bluetack, I think someone needs to go back to the drawing board.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.

 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.

 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honour.
 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8
PowerPoint here.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Abram believed and went

A new poster to replace the old one.
The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
... So Abram went, as the LORD had told him
Genesis 12 v1,4
He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’
Abram believed the LORD
Genesis 15v5-6

The sky is a roll of blue paper. Across the bottom is a path made from the paper you get scrunched up in Amazon boxes. The mountains are torn black paper. (It would have been better to assemble the background before class).

We drew round the children's (and adults') feet on yellow card and they cut them out. I lightly pencilled the words so they would be going in the right direction and be a suitable size, and they did them in colour.

I had pre-cut gold and silver triangles and showed them how to make stars. They stuck them on and filled the background with star stickers - they love using star stickers and wanted more!

Only three children today with the holidays, but with two adults we just managed to get it finished!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Cloud of witnesses

Just noticed something.

After spending a chapter telling us about all the heroes of the faith, the writer to the Hebrews says:

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.
Hebrews 12v1-3

We don't keep going by looking at the example of those who went before for encouragement (though that can help). We keep going by looking where they were looking.

I thought of that when listening to this song:

Sunday, 7 October 2018

NO prep Sunday School lesson

Our Sunday School class was given this book* and matching set of cards.

Here's how we used it:

I told the children I didn't know what the story was going to be today :-)

Then I spread out the cards (face up) and let a child choose one.

She picked Selina, Countess of Huntingdon (whom I'd never heard of), and I looked her up in the book and read the story.

Nice illustrations! Child-friendly, modern, not twee, pretty good likenesses.

I then tried to do a quiz where they ran to either side of the room depending on the answer. It didn't work very well because it was impossible to ask multiple choice questions that were not blindingly obvious :-). But they enjoyed running about anyway.

Then I got a child to look up the reference of the Bible verse below the picture in their own Bible, and read it out.

We then repeated the whole thing with a second card - I got them to choose a boy this time (we got Eric Liddel). And Kerenna, who read this story, omitted the 'quiz' - instead she asked open ended questions, which worked better.

Finally, we did a craft, using things I already had - cardboard boy/girl shapes I got from Poundland, and scrap paper/pens.

On one side they wrote the person's name and dates, and some words to describe them - I tried to encourage them all to include something about Jesus.

btw 'nis' means 'nice'. 'circhn' means 'christian'. No idea about 'lusrns'

The other side they decorated to look like the person. We only had time to do one person each.

Hope you like Eric's tattoos :-)

This is also ideal to keep in the cupboard, for days when you need an emergency lesson due to a teacher being unwell (like today).

Here's a worksheet I made that could also be used.

The box is for a picture.

*Note: I'm not sure what age this book is aimed at. I'd say the language is sometimes a little young for our 6-8 year olds and sometimes more specific details would be better for our age. But the amount of content and focus on one or two main points was ideal.

Monday, 24 September 2018


I wonder what the kids in the creche make of this?

In fact, I suspect maybe even some of their parents will never have seen a rotary telephone!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


I don't subscribe to the multiverse theory of the origins of the universe (God is much more plausible).

BUT it is a gift to science fiction writers. Especially when the different universes get confused.

15 Sam Carters trying to figure out how this happened, and how to fix it :-D
(SG1 9:13, Ripple Effect)

Mitchell enjoying a drink with himself.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Garden-themed face painting

Last Saturday my neighbours asked me to do face painting at their allotment open day.

They suggested I didn't do full faces, as they can take a long time (although mine don't usually!) so this was a good chance to develop new designs.

I decided to go with a garden theme:

  • The rainbow is done by painting a sponge in stripes - or you could use one of those fancy striped paints. The stars and dots cover up the rough ends.
  • The fairy was an old design, but seemed appropriate.
  • No-one asked for the weather one, but I like it.

  • This is a new butterfly which I like much better than my old one - and is deceptively easy. It's based on a real butterfly (monarch), but I let them choose the colour.
  • Spiders and bees were both very popular, with both boys and girls.
  • The worms were difficult to get the pink paint opaque enough - fortunately only had to do one.

  • The background of the small flowers is done with a sponge rubbed on two colours of paint - I let them choose any colour.
  • I must have lost the leaves picture, because I didn't have it with me! I quite like it, though.
  • No-one asked for the big flower or apples.

Definitely easier not doing full faces, especially as you don't have to paint round their awkwardly screwed up eyes.

Several of these will be worth adding to my repertoire - maybe not the worms!

©2018 Kirsty McAllister. You may use these designs for both amateur and professional face painting. BUT you may not sell or publish these design sheets. If you share them, you must leave thecopyright notice on them.

Friday, 7 September 2018

CROSS WORDS colouring pictures

I've added some new colouring pictures to my shop. I did these to fit with the themes for the evening communion services we had in my church over the summer (though I've added a few I missed). Style and complexity varies wildly, because I just did whatever I felt like at the time! Pictures are mostly from the LAMP PowerPoints. 

Other links: 
Here's the mini-sermon series.

And most of these were designed to a soundtrack of Resurrection Letters Prologue by Andrew Peterson - the first song is particularly appropriate.

And I also did a printable poster based on one of the colouring pictures: 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ribs & tigers

We had the story of the creation of Adam & Eve at Sunday School yesterday.
Naresh explained that Eve was made from Adam's rib.

7 year old: But if his ribs were taken out he wouldn't be able to survive.

Rib, not ribs :-D

Also, the kids had to guess the names of various animals from clues.
One clue started: "This animal has a big strong tail. Its hop is quite amazing..."
Another 7 year old's hand shot up: "A tiger!"
Even after repeating the clues (including ones about pouches and Australia) he insisted, to everyone's bemusement, that it was a tiger.

My dad thinks he may have an explanation: (scroll down)


A scary song

Scary in the sense of challenging.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Elegant armour

I found this lying around in my church.

I was amused to see the Farsi for 'belt' is very like cummerbund.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

26 dead wasps

I picked up all of these while dusting the church yesterday.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

God calls Samuel

And here's the PowerPoint!

I tried to put it in a bit of context, so I started with Eli's rebellious sons, and ended up with Samuel becoming a prophet to all Israel (which also seemed a more positive ending than 'God says you're in big trouble'!)

Eli & his sons
Samuel works for God
A man of God rebukes Eli
God calls Samuel
Samuel runs to Eli
Speak, for your servant is listening
Samuel gives Eli God's message
Samuel becomes a prophet to all Israel

Samuel's hair

Just finished my second Samuel PowerPoint (God calls Samuel). Thought you might like to see the character development I did for the first PowerPoint.

I don't usually try out so many ideas for a character, but it's really hard to draw a young boy with long hair and not have him looking like a girl! I ended up with the two top right versions (for Sam at different ages).

The only problem about choosing to draw dreadlocks is that, if uncut, they never stop growing - that will be interesting when I draw old Samuel!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Made to last

The church hoover died this afternoon. So I borrowed my parents' hoover.
Over 40 years old and still going strong!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


 On the Vax site, reading reviews of Vax vacuum cleaners.
Amazing how many said things like 'this is a good hoover', 'this is a terrible hoover' :-)

Friday, 13 July 2018

Good Shepherd

Got up a new PowerPoint - the Good Shepherd.

He's a modern middle eastern shepherd - couldn't do a modern Scottish shepherd, because they shepherd differently. And he is the same shepherd as from the Lost Sheep, Psalm 23 and Micah's prophecy.

The sheep fold
The thief
The gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd
The shepherd calls the sheep by name
They run away from a stranger (who appears to be wearing a teatowel as a disguise)
I am the Good Shepherd
The hired hand runs away from the wolf

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...

...only to take it up again.
Other sheep not from this fold (these are all real sheep from around the world - some very strange!)
No-one can snatch them out of my hand.

Thursday, 12 July 2018


This is why the rain we usually get in Scotland is a good thing.

Muirend playing fields
The greenest thing in this photo is my toenails.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Kirsty's fashion tips

Ladies, if you're wearing a backless dress, a backless bra will look considerably better.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Remember me

This morning in church we learned about Joseph and Pharaoh's cupbearer:
But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.’
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

This evening, we learned about Jesus and the thief on the cross:
We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’
Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’
Jesus answered him, Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’

As far as I know, as the morning services over the summer are free topics picked by the speakers, this was not planned by anyone (except, presumably, God).

Friday, 6 July 2018

Unusual pose reference

Was trying to imagine a good pose for the Good Shepherd calling the sheep by name. Then I remembered this picture from the Flower Fairies! I really pays to pore over books with pictures again and again and again.

There will be more sheep in the final pic.